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Raise Vaccine Awareness in Congress for National Influenza Vaccination Week!

Thursday, December 5, 2019  
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*Adapted from NACCHO Action Alert - 12/5/2019

This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week!

Background: Nearly all local health departments provide clinical immunization services, while also working to improve vaccine confidence, provide community education, and improve immunization data collection and reporting. Federal funding and policy priorities help shape the support available for local health departments to do this important work. 

Funding: CDC 317 Immunization program is the main source of funding for local health department immunization programs. These funds support critical immunization infrastructure functions like disease surveillance, outbreak detection and response, vaccine coverage assessment, vaccine safety, and provider education programming, as well as the purchase of some adult vaccines. The fiscal year 2019 funding for the program was $611 million, however CDC has said that the program need almost twice that amount to fully fund this work at the federal, state, and local level. Right now the House of Representatives and the Senate are negotiating a final spending bill for fiscal year 2020.  It is time to alert your members of Congress to support strong funding of at least $660 million for the program, which is the amount that has been proposed in the House spending bill.  

Policy: Funding is critical, but as we have seen a rise in the impact of vaccine misinformation and the resurgence of some vaccine-preventable diseases, increased attention needs to be paid to this issue at the national level. That is why NACCHO supports the bipartisan  Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety Act (VACCINES) (H.R. 2862) (S. 1619). Please urge your elected representative to cosponsor these bills, which would help identify communities at risk for vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks and bring increased public awareness to the importance of vaccines. Raise Vaccine Awareness in Congress for National Influenza Vaccination Week!